As expected, voter turnout looks to be healthy in this election, judging by the percentage of ballots returned as of Monday. In Pierce County, 42.4 percent of mail ballots had been received as of yesterday. That compares favorably to the previous mid-term elections 2006 (35.65 percent) and 2002 (33.13 percent). It is still far behind presidential year elections of 2004 (93.03 percent) and 2008 (84.98 percent).
Statewide, Secretary of State Sam Reed is sticking with his prediction of a 66 percent turnout – the best mid-term turnout in decades. Here’s the ballot return rate in major counties as of Monday:
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